Crack­down pledge on ex­po­sure to smok­ing


SOUTH Aus­tralia’s an­ti­smok­ing laws will be strength­ened to pro­tect peo­ple from be­ing ex­posed to sec­ond-hand smoke, Health and Well­be­ing Min­is­ter Stephen Wade says.

He said a re­cent sur­vey had shown an in­crease in ex­po­sure to sec­ond-hand smoke, as he an­nounced con­sul­ta­tion with busi­nesses and stake­hold­ers about new ac­tion. “The fo­cus of this con­sul­ta­tion will be to strengthen ex­ist­ing pub­lic health mea­sures de­signed to re­duce smok­ing rates and pro­tect South Aus­tralians from pas­sive smok­ing,” he said.

“A key is­sue for th­ese dis­cus­sions will be en­sur­ing that out­door din­ing ar­eas are fully pro­tected from tobacco smoke.

Con­sul­ta­tion is ex­pected to ex­am­ine ex­ist­ing penalty lev­els for breach­ing tobacco laws and con­sider in­creas­ing pro­tec­tions from pas­sive smok­ing ex­po­sure, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren and fam­i­lies near places like schools and kinder­gartens, as well as tobacco li­cence con­di­tions. The con­sul­ta­tion fol­lows a re­view of tobacco con­trols con­ducted last year.

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